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History at All Saints



In our Early Years setting, pupils work towards the Development Matters objectives:

Understanding the World (30-50 months):

  • Recognises and describes special times or events for family or friends
  • Shows interest in different occupations and ways of life
  • Comments and asks questions about aspects of their familiar world such as where they live or the natural world
  • Develop an understanding of growth, decay and changes over time

Understanding the World (40-60 months):

  • Enjoys joining in with family customs and routines.
  • Looks closely at similarities, differences, patterns and change.

For pupils in KS1 and KS2, the National Curriculum for history is followed. This provides a structure for all pupils to meet the following aims:

  • know and understand the history of these islands as a coherent, chronological narrative, from the earliest times to the present day: how people’s lives have shaped this nation and how Britain has influenced and been influenced by the wider world
  • know and understand significant aspects of the history of the wider world: the nature of ancient civilisations; the expansion and dissolution of empires; characteristic features of past non-European societies; achievements and follies of mankind
  • gain and deploy a historically grounded understanding of abstract terms such as ‘empire’, ‘civilisation’, ‘parliament’ and ‘peasantry’
  • understand historical concepts such as continuity and change, cause and consequence, similarity, difference and significance, and use them to make connections, draw contrasts, analyse trends, frame historically-valid questions and create their own structured accounts, including written narratives and analyses
  • understand the methods of historical enquiry, including how evidence is used rigorously to make historical claims, and discern how and why contrasting arguments and interpretations of the past have been constructed
  • gain historical perspective by placing their growing knowledge into different contexts, understanding the connections between local, regional, national and international history; between cultural, economic, military, political, religious and social history; and between short- and long-term timescales.


History is planned and taught by the class teacher and supported by the curriculum leader.

Children learn about the past through enquiry by investigating historical sources and a variety of reference books and materials. A sense of chronology is developed through the use of a timeline and discussions linking different periods of time. Opportunities are given to make clear links between time periods through themes such as education, food and drink etc.

Visits to historical sites are planned within topics and comply with the guidelines in the school’s Health and Safety document.

When planning a project, the content for study at our school includes;

  • Chronological understanding,
  • Knowledge and understanding,
  • Historical interpretation,
  • Historical enquiry
  • Organisation and communication.


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History Curriculum Map

Year 1, 2, 3 Autumn Spring Summer

Cycle One

The Stone Age

The Great Fire of London – significant figures: Samuel Pepys


Tudors to modern day inc Space exploration

(linked humanities topic with geography)

Looking at events which affected the nation: eg first flight

Cycle Two

The Gun powder Plot / bonfire night

Stuarts - monarchy and significant figures


(large geography unit in this term)

Life history to date.

Plus -

How was life different here 100 years ago? Victorians study

Cycle Three


Link with the discovery of chocolate due to exploration - what was early chocolate like and why? Significant people of this time and how they affected events globally.

Significant figures – Florence Nightingale

Significant changes and impact on our medical systems / provisions

Stafford Castle - Local Study / Significant local events. History of Stafford Castle broadening to a castle study inc Normans and William the Conqueror

Years 4, 5, 6 Autumn Spring Summer

Cycle 1

Invaders and Settlers

Vikings and Anglo-Saxons and their effect on Britain.

A local study over time.

Ancient Rome

The Roman Empire and its impact on Britain. Attempted and successful invasions and conquests. ‘Romanisation’ of Britain including sites, technology, culture and beliefs including early Christianity.

The Shang Dynasty

An in-depth study and understanding of the lifestyles and achievements of the Shang Dynasty of Ancient China and how it differs from other Ancient civilisations.

Cycle 2


Studying the events leading to and during WW2 and how this impacted Britain and the rest of Europe.

How WW2 affected our local area.

The Tudors

Changes in social, leisure and employment.

Crime and Punishment

A local study of monasteries – where did the abbey go?

The Stuarts

Transition of Tudor to Stuart area, securing chronological understanding.

Changes in monarchy and how Britain had developed in this time.

A local study of Stuart Era Monuments.

Cycle 3


Life in the Victorian Era, contrasting city and village locations. Changes in employment law and policies, medicine, social and leisure aspects. The British Empire, colonisation/Ethics. A local study in the Victorian times.

Ancient Greece

An in-depth study of the achievements and lifestyles of Ancient Egypt and their influence on the western world, including sculptures, architecture, democracy and the Olympics.

Ancient Egypt

An in-depth study of the achievements and lifestyles of Ancient Egypt and their influence on the western world.

History Skills and Knowledge Progression



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